Sunday, September 24, 2006

Why I hate to love Noro...

So after my mitten success, I decided to do something with my Noro stash. I bought these 4 balls of Noro silverthaw in a great orangy-pink-green-purplish colourway (it was a really late night guilty pleasure from the Cucumber Patch). Now this is some of the most expensive yarn I have ever bought. I mean, $10 a ball and shipping from England? That's a far stretch from my usual Elann fare. But I totally fell in love with the colourway. It reminds me of a rich Gustav Klimt painting. Really. Love at first sight.

I bought 4 balls not knowing what I would knit with it and then spent months trying to find a project that woud do it justice. Then I found this and made a plan! I wrote out the pattern line by line (don't you hate it when patterns just refer you other lines in the pattern...just write it out people!?!!), found some Addi's and off I went. So for the first like 10 inches I was loving the Noro. Loving it! The colours. The way they speckle into each other at the transitions. Ah!

And then it happened. That kooky Noro thing I have read about many many times before happened... TO ME! The colour sequencing went all wonky. Purple, pink, orange, green, teal and purple. What a marvelous colour combo. Take a breather to admire the deliciousness of it all, grab a drink and a snack, squeeze the hubby and the baby, pat the growing belly and continue. Ah! Purple, pink, GREEN?! What happened to the orange? It's okay. It's going to be okay. It's probably coming up next. What? Teal? Purple? Okay, this is all wrong. Stupid Noro!

I don't think Noro is made for uptight people like me! Seriously. I can't love this scarf now. I want to. I really do. But everytime I look at it, I think "THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE ORANGE!!!" So I guess it's destined for the gift pile. I'll have to give it to a less tense person than I ;0)

In Jujube news, OMG there's like 10 zillion new things a day! But today, he took 5 steps towards his mommy. And yes, my heart totally melted. How I love that child ;0) Also new this week lots of singing, most notably "row, row, row" and "melly, melly, melly" from that boat song! But also "Pat-a-cake" complete with the clapping and key actions! Then there was "Plea" as in "Mo plea" when he wants more apple Bear Paw cookies. Grandpa also taught him to say "va-va-va-voom"! I'm not sure what the context of that one was but I'm really curious about what's going on over the during the day. LOL! Okay, that's enough gushing about baby for one post. I'll save the photos for next week. Now for the baby belly. Everything is going really well except that I am still super tired. What is up with that? Ugh! At least I have the best, most understanding and helpful husband in the world ;0)

Oh, and I can knit again!!!

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  1. It's so weird... I was just looking at the wavy pattern and charting it out in Excel before I read your post.

    I think yours looks nice, but if it would bother you, then you should definitely gift it.

  2. I did the same thing when I knit Wavy last year - it drove me nuts to "look back" in the pattern. Love the colors of yours!

  3. Anonymous6:48 a.m.

    I LOVE that wavy pattern, it looks great. YOu make me giggle, with the watching the strpies and patting the belly then- DISASTER!

    Haha. That really does suck though, especially when Noro is such a treat for yourself.

    But you will give the scarf to someone less "uptight" and they WILl totally love it, so at least all is not lost.

    Julian can say Mo Plea? That is AWESOME!

  4. I have never knit with Noro, but I'm sure it would make me nuts too.

    Julian sounds like he is such a sweetheart. I'm glad all is well with him and your little growing bean.

  5. I know exactly how you feel about Noro. When I knit my Olympic sweater I think I spent almost as much time worrying about the colours and the order they came up in as I did knitting. I wish I could just let it do its thing but I'm not that person.

  6. Oh dear ... when you want a certain color combo, you should get it. I have some Noro coming my way ... and I bought it for the ORANGE in it! Whoa, I sure hope that doesn`t happen to me.

  7. Anonymous1:29 p.m.

    Ah stinking Noro, you want to love it, but then it hurts you so, I had the same thing happen with a felted bag--thankfully the "unlucky" stripes ended on the bottom.

    I am thinking of knitting Wavy with a skein of lonely Lion and Lamb yarn that I have. I am going to take your advice and write out every row.

  8. I love variegated yarns - most every way that they come! I've knit enough with Noro that the knots that interfere with the colourway and balls changes that do the same don't bother me in the least - and I'm seriously anal about that kinda thing.

  9. Anonymous3:16 p.m.

    yay hooray anny post today!

    i know exactly what you mean about the noro oddity. and it frequently involved a knot grrr.

    hope you all are well - as it sounds - and that little bundle on the way is growing peacefully.

  10. I love the colors of that scarf, just beautiful even if the orange did not reappear.

  11. I would gladly take that scarf off your hands! (hee, hee)

    I thought of you last night. The kids were having children's choir at church and they were singing a song about being a child of God "wondrously made, knitted in my mother's womb". What a beautiful image for you right now! See! How cool is knitting? Even God does it!


  12. I'm in the middle of a Silk Garden Clapotis, and that stupid color thing keeps happening to me too! I even re-balled all the skeins before I started, writing out the color changes as I wound (yes, I am too uptight about this) so I could try to put them in a good order, but it is still inconsistent. I've finally given up and embrace the irregular Noro.

  13. I love the's funky and fun! Hopefully you'll grow to love it, too. If not, I'll be there are lots of folks who would gladly receive it as a gift!

  14. It's so annoying when a colour scheme doesn't match the way it's supposed to. I think it looks great though. I'm going to have to try that pattern I think...

  15. I love it !!!! I did a wavy in orange and i DO have lots of NORO laying around, never would have thought to do wavy in it...thanks, you just gave me my next project!
    By the way don't fret over the color changes, that's just Noro you have to accept it.

  16. That's a beautiful pattern! Very fun. I hope you end up liking it by the end!

  17. I love that colorway and the way your scarf is turning out!!

  18. Anonymous6:47 a.m.

    The scarf looks really beautiful! Maybe with time, it will grow on you.I found your blog in a mention in knitsimple Magazine. I've bookmarked your site and cant wait to keep up with baby's talking progress and all your knitting. Regarding the wee ones, I have two boys and they are all grown up now. It happens very fast! But lucky me, I have a new daughter-in-law. She is like a daughter. Maybe even better. We love each other and are such good friends. So however it works out for you, one way or the other, the girl is worth waiting for!!

  19. Anonymous8:08 a.m.

    I just stumbled across your blog and I love it. It's funny we have the same name too (with the same spelling)

    I love your Mom Heart I'm making my mom one for mothers day.

  20. Very creative and imaginative, one of the nicer sites I have seen today so far. Keep up the great work always